Heart of Hospice 3 #hospice #ri

#dorothy ley hospice

#

The Dorothy Ley Hospice

[NOTE: This information was published in 1994. For current information on The Dorothy Ley Hospice, go to their web site at: http://www.dlhospice.org .

The Dorothy Ley Hospice in Etobicoke, Ontario is committed to offering support to individuals and their families facing a terminal illness to help them live with comfort, meaning, dignity and hope. All their services are provided without charge. As a community-based organization it is designed to help people remain at home for as long as they choose. The Hospice supports the person who is ill, the family and other caregivers.

The Hospice was initiated by the Outreach Committee of St. George’s on-the-Hill Anglican Church in 1985. The hospice was incorporated in 1987 and began serving clients in 1990. Since then, The Dorothy Ley Hospice has provided support services to more than 300 clients (to 1994).

The Hospice is a non-profit organization funded by donations from individuals, churches, service clubs, companies, foundations and bequests. It offers an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals and trained volunteers dedicated to:

• providing high quality care in the home;

• alleviating pain and other symptoms;

• providing assistance with daily activities;

• providing spiritual support through clergy from many different religions with a special interest and training in palliative care;

• collaborating with existing services;

• counselling patients and their families;

• offering support and understanding to the bereaved as long as necessary after the death of a loved one;

• offering educational programs, research opportunities, a newsletter and a speakers’ bureau for explaining community hospice care to people in Etobicoke.

In response to a call for assistance, a Hospice team member will visit a patient t home or in the hospital. A personalized care plan is then developed for each patient in consultation with the attending physician, other agencies providing care and the family.

Volunteers receive 30-hours of training provided in collaboration with Humber College. Men and women of all ages and backgrounds come to the hospice as volunteers. They are provided with ongoing training, education and group support.

The Heart of Hospice

Below is a FREE iBook of our book The Heart of Hospice .

In return for your reading and printing off this book, we ask only that you email us. This lets us know how many people are accessing this FREE information. That’s it! Just email us:

If you find the iBook helpful, please let other people know they can access it for free too!

Copyright © 1994 Harry van Bommel

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical copying, recording or otherwise, except with the prior written permission of the author or under license from the Canadian Copyright Agency.





Hospice of the Sacred Heart – Hospice Eligibility #cape #may #motels

#sacred heart hospice

#

Hospice Eligibility

A common misconception about hospice is that it is a service provided only to cancer patients. The fact is that we provide care to patients with any end stage diagnosis. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Metastatic Malignancies
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Stroke and/or Coma
  • AIDS
  • Neurological Diseases (Alzheimer s, Parkinson s, Dementia, etc.)
  • Lou Gehrig s Disease (ALS)
  • Failure of Multiple Organ Systems
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Debility and Decline

Is it true that you must have only six months to live to be eligible for the Medicare Hospice Benefit?
Another common, and unfortunate, misconception about hospice is that the use of hospice care somehow guarantees the patient has less than six months to live. Medicare defines the hospice standards that are used by Medicare hospice providers, Pennsylvania hospice providers and most private insurance companies. Medicare has provided the following explanation and clarification regarding the hospice benefit eligibility guidelines.

Generally speaking, the hospice benefit is intended primarily for use by patients whose prognosis is terminal, with six months or less life expectancy. [However], the Medicare program recognizes that terminal illnesses do not have entirely predictable courses.

Recognizing that prognoses can be unpredictable and may change, Medicare s benefit is not limited in terms of time. Hospice care is available as long as the patient s prognosis meets the law s six month test. This test is a general one based on the [attending] physician s and/or Medical Director s clinical judgment regarding the normal course of the individual s illness. Medicare recognizes that making medical prognostications of life expectancy is not always an exact science.

Under this philosophy, Medicare has specified a procedure for certification and periodic recertification of the patient s eligibility for care under the Medicare Hospice Benefit. This procedure provides two 90-day eligibility certification periods followed by an UNLIMITED number of 60-day eligibility certification periods. As long as the patient, in the judgment of the primary physician and hospice Medical Director, continues to meet the six month criteria during each certification period, the patient can continue to receive care under the Medicare Hospice Benefit.

When does hospice care become appropriate?
Hospice care becomes appropriate when an individual has a life-limiting illness or condition. The patient s primary physician and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Medical Director will work together to make this medical determination. The patient and family then determine whether the patient wishes to enter the hospice care program.

The following guidelines are used to assist the physician and hospice Medical Director in making a judgment regarding an individual s eligibility for hospice care.

The patient has a declining functional status as determined by either:

  • A Karnofsky Performance Status of 50% or less (The Karnofsky Performance Status is an evaluation that assesses a person s ability to function independently)
  • Dependence in 3 out of 6 Activities of Daily Living
  • Frequent hospitalizations
  • Frequent trips to the Emergency Room
  • Weight loss of 10% or more in the last 4 to 6 months
  • Serum Albumin less than 2.5 gm / dl (Albumin is a component of protein and makes up one half of plasma protein)
  • Patient and family have elected comfort care rather than curative treatment

Informal Hospice Eligibility Questionnaire
We have also prepared the following brief questionnaire that can help you determine whether hospice care is right for you or your loved one.

You or your loved one may be eligible for hospice care if you check 4 or more statements. However, your primary physician and our Medical Director will make the final decision regarding eligibility.

Please review the following statements as they apply to you or your loved one to see if hospice care may be appropriate.

  • I have started feeling more tired and weak
  • I experience shortness of breath, even when resting
  • I spend most of the day in bed or in a chair
  • I have noticed an increased weight loss in the past six months
  • I make frequent phone calls to my physician
  • I take medications to lessen physical pain
  • I have fallen several times in the past six months
  • I have made frequent trips to the emergency room in the past six months
  • I need help from others with important daily activities (bathing, dressing, eating, cooking, walking, getting out of bed)
  • My doctor has told me my life expectancy is limited

If you have checked 4 or more items on the questionnaire, you may want to begin your research into hospice care by seeking the opinion and advice of your (or the affected individual s) primary physician. If you do not have a primary physician, we will be happy to refer you to our Medical Director, who is a Doctor of Internal Medicine.





Sacred Heart Health System – Careers & Employment – Job Search #adelphi

#sacred heart hospice

#

Sacred Heart Health System, based in Pensacola, Florida, encourages you to picture yourself in a valuable role with Northwest Florida’s leading health care provider. Area consumers consistently rank Sacred Heart as the healthcare provider that provides patients with the best overall quality. Studies by National Research Corporation also find that our Sacred Heart doctors and nurses are rated best in the region.

Sacred Heart is a member of the Ascension . the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. Together, we share a mission to provide high quality, spiritually-centered healthcare to all persons, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable.

We are fortunate to attract people who believe in our mission and who are dedicated to the service of our patients and their families.

Our Health System also attracts the 150 physicians to practice opportunities with Sacred Heart Medical Group . the region’s largest network of primary care physicians and specialists.

Our Health System has high expectations of those who join our mission, but at the same time, we regard our associates as our most valuable asset. We recognize that it is our associates who drive our success and meet the needs of our patients every day. So to attract and retain the best staff, we provide our associates with highly competitive salaries and we offer an excellent, flexible benefits package .

Here are some of some of the latest healthcare jobs which we are recruiting for:

If you’re interested in becoming a part of our team of healthcare professionals, we invite you to click on the “Search for Jobs” button above or click here to view a list of all of the open job positions at Sacred Heart Health System.





Hospice of the Sacred Heart #hospice #software

#sacred heart hospice

#

Our Remembrance Walk is symbolic of the journey taken when someone we love dies. Anyone who has experienced grief will tell you some days all you can do is put one foot in front of the other. Please join us on October 1st at McDade Park and walk to remember. It is our hope that families and friends will walk together using the time to remember their loved ones and recognizing wherever they are on their journey through grief they will have someone beside them. Registration is easy! Just…

30 августа в 15:13 · Доступно всем

Hospice of the Sacred Heart добавил(-а) 2 новых фото .

Members of the Remembrance Walk Planning Committee are hard at work on the details of the event so participants will enjoy a fun, family-oriented day. Please join us on October 1st! Registration is simple, you can find the link with information about the walk and how to register on our homepage at www.hospicesacr edheart.org.

24 августа в 16:31 · Доступно всем





Home Page – Hospice With Heart #hospice #san #diego

#heart to heart hospice

#

300 West Broadway
Suite 114
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Welcome to Hospice with Heart. We have been providing hospice services for over 10 years to the community of Council Bluffs and the many rural communities throughout southwest Iowa.

Hospice with Heart believes that all individuals with life limiting illnesses deserve quality and compassionate care. The staff of Hospice with Heart is highly trained to meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

SERVICING SOUTHWEST IOWA

Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont Counties and portions of Montgomery, Harrison and Page Counties

HOSPICE WITH HEART PATIENT CELEBRATES 87TH BIRTHDAY AS A CASINO VIP

Thanks, KETV NewsWatch 7 for this great story about our birthday girl, Melva and to Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs for treating her like royalty! Melva has a longstanding tradition of celebrating her birthday with her daughters at Horseshoe Casino and nothing – not even a terminal diagnosis – was going to stop her from enjoying her beloved penny slot machines and buffet bread pudding. With some help from our team and Foundation, Melva “broke out” of her room at our Hospice House for a few hours Saturday for a trip to the casino with her family.

EXCITING NEWS.

On October 28, 2014, Hospice with Heart joined a fellow non-profit hospice company, HCI Care Services of Iowa (formerly Hospice of Central Iowa) out of Des Moines, Iowa. In recent years, changes in the hospice industry have posed challenges – especially for smaller, mission-focused providers such as Hospice With Heart. By joining HCI Care Services of Iowa, Hospice With Heart will benefit from the organization’s strength and infrastructure. The team will receive support from HCI staff in Accounting, Human Resources, Materials Management Facilities, Business Development Communications, as well as clinical expertise from their chief medical officer, Clinical Practice director and chief nurse, and their staff ARNPs. Hospice with Heart will continue to provide quality services with the same name and the same caring staff but will benefit from the experience and support of HCI. More information to come.

Grants Received for “Meeting Patient’s Needs”Project

It is with much gratitude and sincere thanks for the Iowa West Foundation’s generosity in awarding Hospice with Heart a $17,000 Challenge Grant to assist us with our “Meeting Patient’s Needs” project that would allow us to purchase new armoires and nightstands for the Hospice House as well as purchase and install a server and software for our main office and purchase two new laptop computers for staff use.

We would also like to thank the following community organizations for the generosity of the grant monies Hospice with Heart received to assist us in matching the secured funds to meet our Challenge Grant from Iowa West Foundation. We appreciate all the community support from grants, private donations, memorials, and fundraiser donations. thank you so much!

Pottawattamie County Community Foundation grant for $1600

Mills County Community Foundation grant for $4000

Vera Ellsworth/Bea Cox Charitable Trust grant for $1000

Dodge Trust Charitable Trust grant for $2500

Special Donation from Pinnacle Construction Company of Glenwood, Iowa in amount of $5000

Job Opportunities Available

Click on the Job Opportunities tab to see how you can become part of the Hospice with Heart team.

For a donation of $10, receive a Hospice with Heart “Heartfelt Homemade” Cookbook. Contact the office for any details. 712-325-6802.

Tour Our Hospice House





4-star hotel Rimini Waldorf: an elegant vacation in the heart of Rimini

#waldorf hotel

#

Excellence at 4 stars

DEDICATED TO YOUR HOLIDAYS, DEDICATED TO YOUR WORK, DEDICATED TO YOU

Rely on Waldorf Suite Hotel. 4 star hotel in Rimini in the heart of Marina Centro. Whether it’s a leisure break or a business trip, at the Waldorf there is the exclusivity of a hotel overlooking the sea and the convenience of the central location on Viale Amerigo Vespucci .

A holiday is worth living in complete serenity, for this we love offering you the best services and an excellent dining experience with the quality of our Astoria restaurant .

Every moment is the right one to enjoy relaxing moments in the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool with Jacuzzi area, solarium and pool bar. And if you choose one of the sea view suites. you can enjoy exclusively the fascinating view of the Rimini beach .

Shops, restaurants. exclusive clubs for those who are into spending the warm summer evenings strolling along the promenade. Fitness areas, cycle paths and sports fields for those who like keeping fit. Everything at your doorstep.

Business travellers will find at the Waldorf Suite Hotel free Wi-Fi, private parking, newspaper in the mornings and environments dedicated to business with four equipped meeting rooms. And to reach Fiera di Rimini or Palacongressi – Convention Centre, just a few metres from our entrance, convenient transportation means are available.





Heart of Hospice – About Us #motels #in #calgary

#la hospice

#

About Us

Heart of Hospice is built upon the core values of faith, excellence, compassion, respect and integrity. These core values makes us unique because they drive every aspect of every service we provide. We believe all patients are unique. Pain, grief and family dynamics are as diverse as our culture. These core values and beliefs are what have allowed us to give care and show concern for all of our patients while aiming to surpass ordinary. We developed a twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week nursing team to answer questions, assist with concerns, or even to make house calls after hours and on weekends. We admit patients anytime, day or night. We contact our families to schedule admissions immediately upon receiving their doctor’s order. Our swift responses and attention to detail are what give our patients peace of mind in times of uncertainty.

Heart of Hospice recognizes over the course of time a relationship of trust and confidence is established with a patient’s physician. We honor and respect that. Therefore, your personal physician can care for you while you are with Heart of Hospice. Our entire team, including our own Hospice and Palliative Care Board Certified Medical Director, will communicate with your physician regarding your care and share your progress. We strive to nurture this established trust while providing assurance to the patient and their family during this difficult time.

Our team provides the medications, all durable medical equipment and supplies related to the hospice diagnosis. We manage the entire range of medical, emotional and spiritual challenges. Another goal of Heart of Hospice is to manage the entire spectrum of needs in a specialized and efficient way. This allows the family to relax and concentrate on the patient’s needs. The gift you receive while on Heart of Hospice simply affirms life.





Dramatic audio from Carrie Fisher s flight as pilot radios in medical


#

Dramatic audio from Carrie Fisher’s flight as pilot radios in medical emergency for ‘unresponsive’ Star Wars actress

This dramatic audio from Carrie Fisher’s United Airlines flight records the pilot radioing in a medical emergency after the ‘unresponsive’ Star Wars actress suffered a massive heart attack.

Fisher was put in to intensive care on a ventilator after paramedics were able to find a pulse while trying to resuscitate her.

She was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after the United Airlines flight she was on landed at LAX.

In the audio recording the pilot can be heard telling air traffic control that passengers on board were assisting with treating Fisher.

He said they are working on her right now and we are going to have her seated in about two minutes.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

Passengers performed CPR on the 60-year-old star after she went into cardiac arrest on the flight, TMZ reported.

The United Airlines plane landed shortly after noon local time at Los Angeles International Airport after an 11-hour flight.

Fisher was then rushed to a nearby hospital by paramedics.

The LAX Police Department has revealed officers responded to Terminal 7 around 12:15 p.m. – for a call of a female passenger in cardiac arrest.
On arrival, they found paramedics performing CPR on the victim, according to Officer Alicia Hernandez.

Actress Anna Akana was on board the flight when Fisher went into medical distress and she described the upsetting scene in a series of tweets.

She said Fisher stopped breathing and was helped by a doctor and nurse who happened to be on board.

A United Airlines spokesperson said: Medical personnel met United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles upon arrival today after the crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive.

Our thoughts are with our customer at this time and any requests for additional information should be directed to local authorities.

Akana, 27, wrote: Don’t know how else to process this but Carrie Fisher stopped breathing on the flight home. Hope she’s gonna be OK.

So many thanks to the United flight crew who jumped into action, and the awesome doctor and nurse passengers who helped.

Akana wrote that Fisher wasn’t breathing for 10 minutes or so and CPR was administered until the plane landed.

A United Airlines spokesperson said: Medical personnel met United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles upon arrival today after the crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive.

Fisher has been travelling the world to promote her new book, the Princess Diarist, and posted a number of photos during her visit to the UK.

In her most recent tweet she posed for a photo outside Charles Dickens Lounge.

While in London Fisher recorded an appearance on the Graham Norton Show on December 7 and met fans as she promoted her book on December 11.

She became a global star after portraying Princess Leia in Star Wars and recently reprised the role in the series’ two most recent films.

Devastated fans expressed their shock and sadness on social media, and offered prayers and thoughts for the actress.

Read More

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher suffers ‘heart attack’

  • Carrie Fisher’s weight loss battle

  • Carrie Fisher in ‘critical condition’

  • Carrie Fisher’s book tour

  • Carrie’s beloved dog Gary

  • Carrie Fisher’s tweets

  • Carrie Fisher ‘in intensive care’


  • Breathing Rate – Heart Rates After Exercise #exercise #target #heart #rate


    #

    Breathing Rate Heart Rates After Exercise

    by MEG BRANNAGAN Last Updated: Feb 18, 2015

    Meg Brannagan has worked as a registered nurse for more than 10 years, specializing in women’s and children’s health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

    Cooling down after exercise restores your breathing and heart rate back to normal. Photo Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images

    Most people are familiar with how their bodies feel during exercise; the heart beats faster and it becomes harder to breathe. This is a response to increased work by the muscles and an escalating need for oxygen throughout the body. Once you have finished exercising, your breathing and heart rate slowly return to normal, and the more exercise you perform, the more efficient this system becomes.

    Restoration of Oxygen

    Breathing rates remain elevated immediately following aerobic exercise. Rapid breathing continues to move oxygen through the lungs and ultimately, into the bloodstream and to the muscles. Although the muscles are not being used as extensively as they were during a workout, this increased breathing and heart rate prevents the buildup of carbon dioxide and restores the necessary oxygen that was depleted during exercise.

    Recovery Period

    The time that it takes for your heart and your breathing to slow back down to their resting rates is known as the recovery period. Its length can vary among individuals, and you may have a slower recovery time compared with someone else. People who are trained athletes or who exercise consistently have faster recovery times than those who live sedentary lifestyles and who occasionally work out.

    Cooling Down

    Following your exercise routine, a cool-down period is important to slowly bring your heart rate and breathing patterns back to normal. After working out, allow yourself at least five minutes to cool down, which includes slowly decreasing the intensity of your workout until you are ready to stop. You can follow this with stretches and range of motion exercises. Avoid stopping exercise completely until you have had sufficient time to cool down. The dramatic decrease in muscle activity can cause your blood pressure to drop, resulting in dizziness or lightheadedness.

    Long-Term Effects

    When you exercise on a regularly, your heart becomes more efficient at pumping blood. Although your breathing and heart rates will increase during exercise, you may then have a slower heart rate afterward. Because your heart is a muscle, it becomes conditioned with regular activity and requires less effort to pump oxygenated blood. This is reflected both during and following exercise. Your heart rate will still increase while exercising, but not as sharply because the heart is strengthened; your breathing will intensify, but you may be less winded. Once your exercise routine is complete, breathing and heart rate will return to normal more quickly.

    Get the latest tips on diet, exercise and healthy living

    Copyright 2017 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use. Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy. The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies. Ad Choices


    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast #at #home #hospice #care

    #sacred heart hospice

    #

    Sacred Heart Opens New Outpatient Center at The Market Shops in Miramar Beach

    Sacred Heart has opened a new outpatient healthcare facility at The Market Shops in Miramar Beach. The new clinic features pediatric and adult primary care services, lab and x-ray services, and rehabilitation services.

    Local Surgeon Specializes in Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery

    Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S. afflicting an estimated 37 million Americans each year. Dr. Sean McWilliams, an Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon with Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, is treating those afflicted by sinusitis with an outpatient, minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery.

    Veterans Can Receive Care from Sacred Heart through Veterans Choice

    Sacred Heart Health System has announced a partnership to provide care through the Veterans Choice Program, giving veterans the choice to receive care at Sacred Heart locations throughout the region.

    Sacred Hospital on the Emerald Coast has consistently been ranked in national ratings as one of the top hospitals in the U.S. for patient satisfaction and patient safety. In 2015, the hospital was named one of the nation s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for the fourth year in a row and the fifth time since opening in 2003. In addition, one of the nation s leading healthcare ratings organizations has rated the hospital as one of the nation s best for Patient Experience and Patient Safety in 2013 and 2014.





    Sacred Heart Hospice #hospice #family #care

    #sacred heart hospice

    #

    Sacred Heart Hospice

    What is hospice?

    • Hospice is medical care with an emphasis on pain management and symptom relief. Hospice care becomes necessary when a life-limiting condition no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. Hospice care neither extends life nor promotes death. The purpose of hospice care is to help those will-life limiting conditions live life to the fullest.

    • As a family-centered concept of care, hospice focuses as much on the family as on the patient. Hospice staff includes bereavement and spiritual counselors who help patients and their families come to terms with the loss of a loved one.

    • The staff at Sacred Heart Hospice will provide the utmost care and assistance with finishing patient’s important tasks, saying their final goodbyes, healing family relationships, and completing their spiritual journey.

    • The Sacred Heart Staff includes experts in state-of the art pain management. and professionals trained to provide pain control measures and treatments. If administering pain medication requires assistance, family members can count on the Sacred Heart Hospice staff for training and guidance.

    Who is eligible for hospice?

    Patients who are at the end stages of a life-limiting disease who choose to receive palliative care rather that curative care and who have been certified by two physicians to have a life-limiting illness are eligible for hospice. Patients are accepted on the basis of health care need and their meeting the admission criteria.





    Sacred Heart Health Service #chester #hotels

    #sacred heart hospice

    #

    Sacred Heart Health Service

    Sacred Heart Health Service (Sacred Heart) is a leading provider of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation services. Opened by the Sisters of Charity in 1890 as a dedicated Hospice for the terminally ill, we have grown from a small palliative care cottage to a facility offering comprehensive rehabilitation services as well as specialist supportive and palliative care.

    Supportive and Palliative Care

    Our team provides palliative care services to patients with life-limiting illness. A consultation service is provided to St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney with patients and carers supported by:

    • A 39 bed inpatient unit
    • A 24 hour community and outpatient consultative service in Eastern Sydney
    • A day activity centre
    • Community/respite programs

    Our services support patients undergoing anti-cancer treatments, and provide pain control and symptom management, nursing and psychosocial and pastoral support.

    Sacred Heart also provides palliative medical outreach clinics to Wagga Wagga, Albury and Orange.

    Community Palliative Care

    The Community Palliative Care Team is a service for patients with a life-limiting illness. Our team works with palliative care teams from Prince of Wales, Royal Hospital for Women and the Sydney Children’s Hospital covering the areas of Sydney, Waverly, Woollahra, Randwick and Botany. Patients are referred for assessment and management at varying stages of their illness. We visit patients in their homes and in Residential Aged Care facilities.

    Bereavement Services

    Our palliative care services go beyond a person’s death, and continues to support families and friends in their bereavement. Sacred Heart provides a Bereavement Counselling Service to those suffering loss who are residing in Eastern Sydney.

    Research in Palliative Care

    Sacred Heart is home to an active clinical research program, furthering the development of new management techniques of symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation and breathlessness.

    Rehabilitation

    Our Rehabilitation Services provide complete patient rehabilitation following an illness, injury or surgery, helping patients achieve their maximum potential.

    Our unit provides rehabilitation services 7 days a week and has a reputation for treating a diverse and complex range of patients.

    Patients are transferred from St Vincent’s for rehabilitation, treating a wide range of conditions including:

    • Stroke
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Organ transplantation
    • Chronic pain
    • HIV

    Our team of professionals include medical staff, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, pharmacy staff, pastoral carers, dietetics staff and clinical and neuro-psychology staff.

    Two rehabilitation physicians are dedicated pain management specialists who provide services to the St Vincent’s Hospital Pain Clinic.

    Mobile Rehabilitation Team (MRT)

    Our team provides rehabilitation services to patients in the acute wards of St Vincent’s where we work in collaboration with the acute care team to facilitate early intervention.

    Rehabilitation Day Hospital

    The Rehabilitation Day Hospital provides rehabilitation services to adults with complex conditions including stroke, neurological and progressive conditions, amputees, trauma, and reconditioning following transplantation, surgery and medical illness. The majority of patients come from home and are admitted for day therapy consisting of a minimum of 2 Allied Health sessions per visit. We offer clinical psychology, neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and speech pathology.

    Our Services





    Hospice of the Sacred Heart #motel #fashion

    #sacred heart hospice

    #

    Our Remembrance Walk is symbolic of the journey taken when someone we love dies. Anyone who has experienced grief will tell you some days all you can do is put one foot in front of the other. Please join us on October 1st at McDade Park and walk to remember. It is our hope that families and friends will walk together using the time to remember their loved ones and recognizing wherever they are on their journey through grief they will have someone beside them. Registration is easy! Just…

    30 августа в 15:13 · Доступно всем

    Hospice of the Sacred Heart добавил(-а) 2 новых фото .

    Members of the Remembrance Walk Planning Committee are hard at work on the details of the event so participants will enjoy a fun, family-oriented day. Please join us on October 1st! Registration is simple, you can find the link with information about the walk and how to register on our homepage at www.hospicesacr edheart.org.

    24 августа в 16:31 · Доступно всем





    Hospice Of The Sacred Heart in Scranton, Pennsylvania with Reviews & Ratings

    #sacred heart hospice

    #

    Scranton Hospice Of The Sacred Heart

    P width: 250px; margin: 0 10px 5px 0;” src=”http://i1.ypcdn.com/ypu/images/icons/external-link.png?9ebee90″ />

    12+ Facilities Near You.

    Compare Pictures, Pricing, Options.

    Added to your health collection!

    Error when adding to health collection

    This business was removed from the health collection

    1. Hospice Of The Sacred Heart

    100 William St Scranton, PA 18510

    Added to your health collection!

    Error when adding to health collection

    This business was removed from the health collection

    2. Hospice Of The Sacred Heart – CLOSED

    1112 Clay Ave Scranton, PA 18510

    Added to your health collection!

    Error when adding to health collection

    This business was removed from the health collection





    Heart – Soul Hospice #book #now #pay #later #hotels

    #heart to heart hospice

    #

    Hospice care is appropriate any time after a doctor has estimated that a patient has six months or less left to live, and both doctor and patient have decided to

    Making the decision to start palliative treatments and enter hospice care can be difficult. We offer resources to help you and your loved one with your decision to seek care

    Your gifts to Heart Soul Hospice, a not-for-profit Medicare-certified hospice agency, ensure we can carry out our mission to provide quality end of life care for seniors guided by Christian

    When a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments, you can count on Heart Soul Hospice to provide compassionate care and dignity to the terminally ill and their families. Our mission is to provide compassionate, end-of-life care, guided by Christian values.

    Words from the Heart

    “I enjoy caring for people. Now that my family is grown, I can turn my compassion to those in need of a smile, a story or a listening ear. That is Christ’s greatest commandment—love one another.”

    Jane Hardy, volunteer

    “I love the patients that I get to see and the employees that I get to work with.”

    Janice Quinton, Farmington volunteer since 2013

    When we realized Mom wouldn’t ‘get better,’ her doctor suggested [Heart Soul] Hospice.
    Mom had many people helping her she loved them and could talk to them about anything.

    Debbie Hoehn, daughter and caregiver

    With the help of [Heart Soul] Hospice, Mom’s last months were peaceful, with loving family and friends nearby. Everyone was there for Mom…and for us, too.

    Diana Stuart, daughter and caregiver

    In our situation, hospice came at the right time. I didn’t know how much longer I could care for my wife at home. Hospice staff was available to us 24/7. When I called, I knew I would be talking to someone who was connected to my wife’s health care.

    Kurt Bauche, spouse and caregiver

    Learning LInks





    Home Page – Hospice With Heart #everglades #city #motel

    #heart to heart hospice

    #

    300 West Broadway
    Suite 114
    Council Bluffs, IA 51503

    Welcome to Hospice with Heart. We have been providing hospice services for over 10 years to the community of Council Bluffs and the many rural communities throughout southwest Iowa.

    Hospice with Heart believes that all individuals with life limiting illnesses deserve quality and compassionate care. The staff of Hospice with Heart is highly trained to meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

    SERVICING SOUTHWEST IOWA

    Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont Counties and portions of Montgomery, Harrison and Page Counties

    HOSPICE WITH HEART PATIENT CELEBRATES 87TH BIRTHDAY AS A CASINO VIP

    Thanks, KETV NewsWatch 7 for this great story about our birthday girl, Melva and to Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs for treating her like royalty! Melva has a longstanding tradition of celebrating her birthday with her daughters at Horseshoe Casino and nothing – not even a terminal diagnosis – was going to stop her from enjoying her beloved penny slot machines and buffet bread pudding. With some help from our team and Foundation, Melva “broke out” of her room at our Hospice House for a few hours Saturday for a trip to the casino with her family.

    EXCITING NEWS.

    On October 28, 2014, Hospice with Heart joined a fellow non-profit hospice company, HCI Care Services of Iowa (formerly Hospice of Central Iowa) out of Des Moines, Iowa. In recent years, changes in the hospice industry have posed challenges – especially for smaller, mission-focused providers such as Hospice With Heart. By joining HCI Care Services of Iowa, Hospice With Heart will benefit from the organization’s strength and infrastructure. The team will receive support from HCI staff in Accounting, Human Resources, Materials Management Facilities, Business Development Communications, as well as clinical expertise from their chief medical officer, Clinical Practice director and chief nurse, and their staff ARNPs. Hospice with Heart will continue to provide quality services with the same name and the same caring staff but will benefit from the experience and support of HCI. More information to come.

    Grants Received for “Meeting Patient’s Needs”Project

    It is with much gratitude and sincere thanks for the Iowa West Foundation’s generosity in awarding Hospice with Heart a $17,000 Challenge Grant to assist us with our “Meeting Patient’s Needs” project that would allow us to purchase new armoires and nightstands for the Hospice House as well as purchase and install a server and software for our main office and purchase two new laptop computers for staff use.

    We would also like to thank the following community organizations for the generosity of the grant monies Hospice with Heart received to assist us in matching the secured funds to meet our Challenge Grant from Iowa West Foundation. We appreciate all the community support from grants, private donations, memorials, and fundraiser donations. thank you so much!

    Pottawattamie County Community Foundation grant for $1600

    Mills County Community Foundation grant for $4000

    Vera Ellsworth/Bea Cox Charitable Trust grant for $1000

    Dodge Trust Charitable Trust grant for $2500

    Special Donation from Pinnacle Construction Company of Glenwood, Iowa in amount of $5000

    Job Opportunities Available

    Click on the Job Opportunities tab to see how you can become part of the Hospice with Heart team.

    For a donation of $10, receive a Hospice with Heart “Heartfelt Homemade” Cookbook. Contact the office for any details. 712-325-6802.

    Tour Our Hospice House





    Heart of Hope Asian American Hospice Care #blackrock #hospice

    #heart to heart hospice

    #

    Nationwide toll-free telephone hotline 1-888-663-8585 to provide emotional support for seriously ill patients and their family caregivers
    A group of trained and supervised Mandarin- or Cantonese-speaking volunteers provide compassionate listening ears to patients with serious illness and their caregivers. This free hotline service is available during the office hours (Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm).

    Nationwide telephone conference in Mandarin for health-related education
    A nationwide toll-free teleconference (presented in Mandarin) for Chinese patients with serious illnesses and their family caregivers is scheduled on the third Tuesday of every month, 6-7 pm (Pacific Time). Registered callers can learn about elderly care, serious illnesses and related issues at the comfort of their homes. Each teleconference includes a 35-minute presentation by an expert of the subject and a 20-minute Q A session for callers to interact with the speaker.

    Purpose: Through sharing of personal experience, video watching, practicing communication skills, discussion of cancer-related information, and other creative activities, Rainbow Support Group seeks to provide emotional and spiritual support to people with breast or gynecologic cancers, whether they are in treatment or recovery. Group members will receive mutual encouragement and comfort to face their own struggles and challenges.

    Target group: Females with breast or gynecologic cancers (such as cervical, ovarian, uterine, and vaginal). All patients in treatment, in remission, or in late stage (still self-dependent) are welcome.

    Language: Program will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese

    Date: March-Dec 2016 (3rd Wed of the month)
    Time: 10:30am-12:15pm
    Location: Heart of Hope Asian American Hospice Care, 1922 The Alameda, Suite 215, San Jose, CA 95126 (Parking entrance by McKendrie St, accessible by VTA bus #22)

    Registration: Call 1-408-986-8584 to register in advance

    Heart of Hope Asian American Hospice Care has published a bilingual Chinese/English “Waving Goodbye in Love – The Last Journey in My Life” to provide education to terminally ill patients and family members. This handbook is written by Blanche Chen, LCSW, Co-Founder, and Pauline Nee, RN, Advisor, of the hospice.

    Death is inevitable, but for terminally ill patients actually facing it, the process is not an easy one. Most people fear of suffering and loneliness, and some people felt it is hopeless. Due to language and cultural barriers, many Chinese and Asian American terminally ill patients failed to make full use of the best resources, hospice care, which is available in the mainstream society for terminally ill patients and family members.

    If you would like to financially support Heart of Hope Asian American Hospice Care with cash donation, appreciated stocks or property, life insurance, or bequest, please contact (408)986-8584. Checks can be made and sent to Heart of Hope Asian American Hospice Care, 1922 The Alameda, Suite 215, San Jose, CA 95126. Heart of Hope Asian American Hospice Care will issue receipts to donors for tax purpose.

    What is hospice care?
    Hospice care refers to care given to a patient when medical treatment cannot offer a cure nor can it prevent further deterioration of the patient’s disease. The life expectancy of the patient may be less than six months. Under these circumstances, hospice care is given to alleviate the symptoms for the patient, and provide emotional support, spiritual and social care for both the patient and his/her family in order to improve their quality of life. Hospice Care neither hastens nor postpones death, but assists and supports the patient and family till the natural end of life. Hospice care has been practiced in the US for more than forty years and many ethnic groups have benefited from this. However, many Asians and Chinese are still quite unfamiliar with the concepts of hospice care and the resources which it offers, due to the cultural tendency to avoid the subject of death.





    Hospice of the Sacred Heart – You – re Not Alone #homecare

    #sacred heart hospice

    #

    Welcome to Hospice of the Sacred Heart

    Hospice affirms life, but never denies death. Recognizes dying as a natural process of life. Honors wishes. Offers choices. Brings commitment and compassion. Strengthens families. Is about comfort, care, hope, and choice.

    Hospice of the Sacred Heart is here to help you in any way we can, so that your involvement in the hospice experience will be as uncomplicated and fulfilling as possible.

    This website has a comprehensive list of information and resources that can help you make a more informed healthcare decision regarding hospice care.

    Our highly experienced staff is dedicated to providing the most compassionate and highest quality hospice care for your loved one and you. Each of our staff members shares a passionate belief in the hospice concept and the benefits it provides to our patients. Each has been intimately involved with hospice care for many years. Each has been privileged to share first hand the unique lessons, life experiences and gifts that hospice brings to its patients and their families. Please spend as much time as you like here to review subjects of interest in more detail. Also, please return often to learn more about:

    • The hospice philosophy of care
    • How hospice can be a beneficial solution to the situation you face
    • The many ways that we at Hospice of the Sacred Heart can help you





    Sacred Heart Hospice – Home Health Care – 2025 Chicago Ave Ste

    #sacred heart hospice

    #

    Sacred Heart Hospice

    I live in Michigan and my Aunt and Uncle live in California. He got sick and they kept in daily contact with us. After his passing..they… Read More

    I live in Michigan and my Aunt and Uncle live in California. He got sick and they kept in daily contact with us. After his passing..they even helped coordinate the cremation. They were also concerned with my aging Aunt and made several visits out to see her since we are not local. I had to contact them again a year after my uncles passing since my Aunt has dementia. and they really helped me out with her this time. Sent us a wonderful MSW and Dr. and they both came right to the house. Highly recommend!

    As a nurse practitioner for 10 years, I am mortified that this agency stays in business. Their intake representative, Happy, said all of the… Read More

    As a nurse practitioner for 10 years, I am mortified that this agency stays in business. Their intake representative, Happy, said all of the right things. only nothing was delivered! My brother-in-law deserved more. I am only glad that my family and I were there so worse things did not happen to him. Incompetent assessment of a patient in their last days of life. even the family members with no medical training could see that he was near death. Please do not use this agency under any circumstances.

    See all 4 reviews in the app!

    Anaís L.

    This company is not organized at all.
    One of its case manager nurse was so negligent. She was not compassionate and caring.
    She didn t check the patient.

    Early X.

    I live in Michigan and my Aunt and Uncle live in California. He got sick and they kept in daily contact with us. After his passing..they even helped coordinate the cremation. They were also concerned with my aging Aunt and made several visits out to see her since we are not local. I had to contact them again a year after my uncles passing since my Aunt has dementia. and they really helped me out with her this time. Sent us a wonderful MSW and Dr. and they both came right to the house. Highly recommend!

    Darlene S.

    As a nurse practitioner for 10 years, I am mortified that this agency stays in business. Their intake representative, Happy, said all of the right things. only nothing was delivered! My brother-in-law deserved more. I am only glad that my family and I were there so worse things did not happen to him. Incompetent assessment of a patient in their last days of life. even the family members with no medical training could see that he was near death. Please do not use this agency under any circumstances.

    Aww, your browser has JavaScript turned off!

    Example: There are a few times in life when a meal is so expertly crafted and planned that it is nothing short of genius. Last night, I had one of those meals – the Mahi Mahi.

    The dish was excellently prepared. Grilled, juicy, and fresh without a hint of fishiness. A glaze of tangerine sauce brought a hint of tart sweetness. The fish was placed on a mound of sweet plantain rice. The combination of the fish and rice alone was to die for!

    However, as only expert chefs can achieve, additional garnishes provided even bolder, beautiful tastes. Pickled onions topping the fish made for an even finer taste experience, while green beans hidden under the fish added freshness and completed each bite

    Download the app

    Get those thumbs ready to leave a review using the Yelp Mobile App!

    Sacred Heart Hospice

    More Business Info

    Is this your business? Claim your business page to respond to reviews and customer messages.





    Hospice of the Sacred Heart – Hospice Eligibility #online #hotel #reservations

    #sacred heart hospice

    #

    Hospice Eligibility

    A common misconception about hospice is that it is a service provided only to cancer patients. The fact is that we provide care to patients with any end stage diagnosis. These may include, but are not limited to:

    • Metastatic Malignancies
    • Heart Disease
    • Kidney Disease
    • Liver Disease
    • Lung Disease
    • Stroke and/or Coma
    • AIDS
    • Neurological Diseases (Alzheimer s, Parkinson s, Dementia, etc.)
    • Lou Gehrig s Disease (ALS)
    • Failure of Multiple Organ Systems
    • Failure to Thrive
    • Debility and Decline

    Is it true that you must have only six months to live to be eligible for the Medicare Hospice Benefit?
    Another common, and unfortunate, misconception about hospice is that the use of hospice care somehow guarantees the patient has less than six months to live. Medicare defines the hospice standards that are used by Medicare hospice providers, Pennsylvania hospice providers and most private insurance companies. Medicare has provided the following explanation and clarification regarding the hospice benefit eligibility guidelines.

    Generally speaking, the hospice benefit is intended primarily for use by patients whose prognosis is terminal, with six months or less life expectancy. [However], the Medicare program recognizes that terminal illnesses do not have entirely predictable courses.

    Recognizing that prognoses can be unpredictable and may change, Medicare s benefit is not limited in terms of time. Hospice care is available as long as the patient s prognosis meets the law s six month test. This test is a general one based on the [attending] physician s and/or Medical Director s clinical judgment regarding the normal course of the individual s illness. Medicare recognizes that making medical prognostications of life expectancy is not always an exact science.

    Under this philosophy, Medicare has specified a procedure for certification and periodic recertification of the patient s eligibility for care under the Medicare Hospice Benefit. This procedure provides two 90-day eligibility certification periods followed by an UNLIMITED number of 60-day eligibility certification periods. As long as the patient, in the judgment of the primary physician and hospice Medical Director, continues to meet the six month criteria during each certification period, the patient can continue to receive care under the Medicare Hospice Benefit.

    When does hospice care become appropriate?
    Hospice care becomes appropriate when an individual has a life-limiting illness or condition. The patient s primary physician and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Medical Director will work together to make this medical determination. The patient and family then determine whether the patient wishes to enter the hospice care program.

    The following guidelines are used to assist the physician and hospice Medical Director in making a judgment regarding an individual s eligibility for hospice care.

    The patient has a declining functional status as determined by either:

    • A Karnofsky Performance Status of 50% or less (The Karnofsky Performance Status is an evaluation that assesses a person s ability to function independently)
    • Dependence in 3 out of 6 Activities of Daily Living
    • Frequent hospitalizations
    • Frequent trips to the Emergency Room
    • Weight loss of 10% or more in the last 4 to 6 months
    • Serum Albumin less than 2.5 gm / dl (Albumin is a component of protein and makes up one half of plasma protein)
    • Patient and family have elected comfort care rather than curative treatment

    Informal Hospice Eligibility Questionnaire
    We have also prepared the following brief questionnaire that can help you determine whether hospice care is right for you or your loved one.

    You or your loved one may be eligible for hospice care if you check 4 or more statements. However, your primary physician and our Medical Director will make the final decision regarding eligibility.

    Please review the following statements as they apply to you or your loved one to see if hospice care may be appropriate.

    • I have started feeling more tired and weak
    • I experience shortness of breath, even when resting
    • I spend most of the day in bed or in a chair
    • I have noticed an increased weight loss in the past six months
    • I make frequent phone calls to my physician
    • I take medications to lessen physical pain
    • I have fallen several times in the past six months
    • I have made frequent trips to the emergency room in the past six months
    • I need help from others with important daily activities (bathing, dressing, eating, cooking, walking, getting out of bed)
    • My doctor has told me my life expectancy is limited

    If you have checked 4 or more items on the questionnaire, you may want to begin your research into hospice care by seeking the opinion and advice of your (or the affected individual s) primary physician. If you do not have a primary physician, we will be happy to refer you to our Medical Director, who is a Doctor of Internal Medicine.





    Hospice House – Hospice With Heart #hospice #book

    #heart to heart hospice

    #

    Hospice House

    Hospice with Heart has been providing quality end of life care services to Southwestern Iowa residents since 2004. In 2009, we added a Hospice House to our list of services available to our patients. Our Hospice House is located in Glenwood, Iowa.

    The hospice house is designed to help patients facing a life limiting illness who have no care-giver, have no home, have uncontrollable symptoms that cannot be cared for by family members or friends, do not want to go to a nursing home, do not want to die in their own home, or need respite care.

    The hospice house facility provides eight private patient rooms and many other amenities of “home” for the patient and their families.

    The house not only offers environmental comfort at end of life but offers the specialized care of the Hospice with Heart staff 24 hours a day. The Hospice with Heart Hospice House has opened its doors at 357 Indian Hills Drive, Glenwood, Iowa.

    Hospice with Heart continues to look at Southwestern Iowa to help provide the resources to keep the house and grounds updated and to assist those individuals unable to pay for room and board. A donation to the hospice house whether it is monetary, furnishings or time will ensure that people with a life limiting illness will have a choice on how to spend their last days.





    Heart Of Bluegrass 2 #galveston #hotels

    #hospice of the bluegrass

    #

    Heart Of Bluegrass 2

    UPDATE July 2016. The schedule of performances has been set. Follow this link for the full band schedule .

    UPDATE May 20, 2016 Planning has begun in earnest for the 2nd Annual Heart of Bluegrass benefit concert to be held on November 20, 2016. We are really excited about having two headline bands this year. The Claire Lynch Band will be returning and we have added the highly acclaimed Band of Ruhks. We are also really pleased with the selection of our charitable beneficiary for 2016, the Music Therapy Program of The Alzheimer s Project . New developments will be posted on this site, so please check back from time to time.

    Two terrific bands will headline the event this year. Details of the Claire Lynch Band and the Band of Ruhks will be included here.

    Starting at noon and continuing throughout the afternoon and evening will be performances by our headliners and some of Tallahassee s best Bluegrass bands. The preliminary lineup of local groups includes the Bottom Dollar Boy$, Crossroad, the Kenny Hill Band, the Sharp Flatpickers, and Top Shelf Trio. Gates open at 11:30. Follow this link for the full band schedule .

    Frank Ranicky has agreed to act again as the Master of Ceremonies.

    Tickets are only $20 in advance $25 at the gate and can be purchased now at the Bradfordville Blues Club online ticketing site. Link here for tickets.





    4-star hotel Rimini Waldorf: an elegant vacation in the heart of Rimini

    #waldorf hotel

    #

    Excellence at 4 stars

    DEDICATED TO YOUR HOLIDAYS, DEDICATED TO YOUR WORK, DEDICATED TO YOU

    Rely on Waldorf Suite Hotel. 4 star hotel in Rimini in the heart of Marina Centro. Whether it’s a leisure break or a business trip, at the Waldorf there is the exclusivity of a hotel overlooking the sea and the convenience of the central location on Viale Amerigo Vespucci .

    A holiday is worth living in complete serenity, for this we love offering you the best services and an excellent dining experience with the quality of our Astoria restaurant .

    Every moment is the right one to enjoy relaxing moments in the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool with Jacuzzi area, solarium and pool bar. And if you choose one of the sea view suites. you can enjoy exclusively the fascinating view of the Rimini beach .

    Shops, restaurants. exclusive clubs for those who are into spending the warm summer evenings strolling along the promenade. Fitness areas, cycle paths and sports fields for those who like keeping fit. Everything at your doorstep.

    Business travellers will find at the Waldorf Suite Hotel free Wi-Fi, private parking, newspaper in the mornings and environments dedicated to business with four equipped meeting rooms. And to reach Fiera di Rimini or Palacongressi – Convention Centre, just a few metres from our entrance, convenient transportation means are available.





    Marriott Travel Deals: Now You Can Afford To Follow Your Heart #cheap

    #best deals on hotels

    #

    Marriott Travel Deals: Follow Your Heart

    expand Top Destinations

    Marriott For:

    Best Available Rate Guarantee assures you receive the best rates when you book directly with us. If you find a lower publicly available rate within 24 hours of booking, we will match that rate plus give you 25% off the lower rate, subject to guarantee terms and exclusions. Guarantee does not apply to Delta Hotels, Protea Hotels®, Ritz-Carlton Montreal, The Ritz London, and Ritz-Carlton Residences®. Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® members (“Rewards Members”) who book rooms through a Marriott® Direct Booking Channel, authorized travel agents or select corporate travel partners (“Eligible Channels”) at hotels that participate in Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty programs will receive an exclusive, preferred rate (“Marriott Rewards Member Rate”). Member Rates are available globally at all hotels that participate in Marriott Rewards, excluding hotels in Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Exclusions apply. See our Terms Conditions for additional details related to our Best Available Rate Guarantee and Marriott Rewards Member Rate. Hotels shown on Marriott.com may be operated under a license from Marriott International, Inc. or one of its affiliates

    © 1996 – 2016 Marriott International, Inc. All rights reserved. Marriott proprietary information





    Questions – Answers – STATE of the HEART CARE #what #is #hospice

    #hospice questions

    #

    Questions Answers

    The modern-day American hospice movement began in 1974 with establishment of the Connecticut Hospice in New Haven. It was founded on the model of care best identified with Dame Cicely Saunders, MD, who opened her now-famous Saint Christopher’s Hospice in 1967 in Sydenham, England. This center became the model for comprehensive whole person and family care at the end of life.

    Hospice programs have been at the forefront of efforts in America to involve and include families in providing quality end-of-life care.

    2. What is hospice care?

    Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end-of-life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is extended to the patient’ s loved ones, as well. At the center of hospice is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. The focus is on caring, not curing and, in most cases, care is provided in the patient’s home. Hospice care also is provided in freestanding hospice facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness.

    3. How does hospice care work?

    Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. Hospice staff are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. The team usually consists of:

    • The patient and family/caregiver;
    • The patient’s personal physician;
    • Hospice physician (or medical director);
    • Nurses;
    • Hospice aides;
    • Social workers;
    • Clergy or other counselors;
    • Trained volunteers; and
    • Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.

    The plan also outlines the medical and support services required such as nursing care, personal care (dressing, bathing, etc.), social services, physician visits, counseling, and homemaker services. It also identifies the medical equipment, tests, procedures, medication and treatments necessary to provide high-quality comfort care.

    4. How does the hospice work to keep the patient comfortable?

    Many patients experience pain and other distressing symptoms as illness progresses. Hospice staff receive special training to effectively anticipate, assess, treat, and prevent all types of physical symptoms that cause discomfort and distress. Because symptom management, especially pain, is such an important component of hospice care, many hospice programs have developed ways to measure how well they do in this area through surveys and studies. Hospice staff work with the patient’s physician to make sure that medication, therapies, and procedures are designed to achieve the goals outlined in the patient’s care plan. That plan is evaluated frequently to reflect changes and new goals.

    5. What kinds of services should I expect from a hospice?

    Hospice services are available to patients with life-threatening illnesses who can no longer benefit from curative treatment and usually have life expectancies of six months or less, as determined by a physician. Hospice services typically include:

    • Physician services for the medical direction of the patient’s care, provided by either the patient’s personal physician or a physician affiliated with a hospice program;
    • Regular home care visits by registered nurses and licensed practical nurses to monitor the patient’s condition and to provide appropriate care and maintain patient comfort;
    • Hospice aide and homemaker services attending to the patient’s personal needs;
    • Chaplain services for the patient and/or loved ones, if desired;
    • Social work and counseling services;
    • Bereavement counseling to help patients and their loved ones with grief and loss;
    • Medical equipment (e.g. hospital beds);
    • Medical supplies (e.g. bandages and catheters);
    • Drugs for symptom control and pain relief;
    • Volunteer support to assist loved ones;
    • Physical, speech, and occupational therapy; and
    • Dietary counseling.

    6. Is hospice available after hours?

    Hospice care is available “on-call” after the administrative office has closed, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Most hospices have nurses available to respond to a call for help within minutes, if necessary. Some hospice programs have chaplains and social workers on call, as well.

    7. Can I be cared for by hospice if I reside in a nursing home or other type of long-term care facility?

    Hospice services can be provided to a terminally ill person whose place of residence is a nursing home. This means the patient receives specialized visits from hospice nurses, hospice aides, chaplains, social workers, and volunteers, in addition to other care and services provided by the nursing home. The hospice and the nursing home should have a written agreement in place in order for hospice to serve residents.

    8. How does hospice care begin?

    Accessing our hospice care is simple. It only takes one phone call. We meet patient needs and make it easy for everyone to get the care to which they are entitled. Hospice care is available to patients with an advanced illness. Anyone can call State of the Heart Hospice to receive information about hospice services. We offer support to patients and families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. State of the Heart Hospice will also contact your physician to ensure that the patient is eligible for the hospice benefit.

    9. What kind of support is available to the family/caregiver?

    In many cases, family members are the patient’s primary caregivers. Additionally, hospice recognizes that loved ones have their own special needs for support. As a relationship with the hospice begins, hospice staff will want to know about the primary caregiver’s priorities. They will also want to know how best to support the patient and family during this time. Support can take many different forms, including visits with the patient and family members; telephone calls to loved ones, including family members who live at a distance, about the patient’s condition; and the provision of volunteers to assist with patient and family needs.

    Counseling services for the patient and loved ones are an important part of hospice care. After the patient’s death, bereavement support is offered to families for at least one year. These services can take a variety of forms, including telephone calls, visits, written materials about grieving, and support groups. Individual counseling may be offered by the hospice or the hospice may make a referral to a community resource.

    10. What role does the physician play?

    It is important to find out what the role of the patient’s primary doctor will be once the patient begins receiving hospice care. Most often, hospice patients can choose to have their personal doctor involved in the medical care. Both the patient’s physician and the hospice medical director may work together to coordinate the patient’s medical care, especially when symptoms are difficult to manage. Regardless, a physician’s involvement is important to ensure quality hospice care.

    The hospice medical director is also available to answer questions you or the patient may have regarding hospice medical care.

    11. Will I be the only hospice patient that the hospice staff serves?

    Every hospice patient has access to a registered nurse, social worker, hospice aide, and chaplain. Typically, full-time registered nurses provide care to about a dozen different families. Social workers usually work with about twice that number. If needed, hospice aides, who provide personal care to the patient, will visit most frequently. All visits, however, are subject to the patient and family needs as described in the care plan, and the condition of the patient during the course of the illness. The availability and frequency of spiritual care is often dependent upon the family request. Travel requirements and other factors may cause some variation in how many patients the hospice staff can serve effectively.

    12. What role does the hospice volunteer serve?

    Hospice volunteers enhance quality of life and help reduce the burden of caregiving. They are generally available to provide different types of support to patients and their loved ones including running errands, preparing light meals, staying with a patient to give family members a break, lending emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, and helping out with light housekeeping.

    Because hospice volunteers spend time in patients’ and families’ homes, it is important for a hospice program to have some type of application and interview process. In addition, hospice programs should have an organized training program for their patient care volunteers. Areas covered by these training programs often include confidentiality, listening skills, signs and symptoms of approaching death, working with families, loss and grief, and bereavement support.





    Sacred Heart Health Service #hospice #prayers

    #sacred heart hospice

    #

    Sacred Heart Health Service

    Sacred Heart Health Service (Sacred Heart) is a leading provider of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation services. Opened by the Sisters of Charity in 1890 as a dedicated Hospice for the terminally ill, we have grown from a small palliative care cottage to a facility offering comprehensive rehabilitation services as well as specialist supportive and palliative care.

    Supportive and Palliative Care

    Our team provides palliative care services to patients with life-limiting illness. A consultation service is provided to St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney with patients and carers supported by:

    • A 39 bed inpatient unit
    • A 24 hour community and outpatient consultative service in Eastern Sydney
    • A day activity centre
    • Community/respite programs

    Our services support patients undergoing anti-cancer treatments, and provide pain control and symptom management, nursing and psychosocial and pastoral support.

    Sacred Heart also provides palliative medical outreach clinics to Wagga Wagga, Albury and Orange.

    Community Palliative Care

    The Community Palliative Care Team is a service for patients with a life-limiting illness. Our team works with palliative care teams from Prince of Wales, Royal Hospital for Women and the Sydney Children’s Hospital covering the areas of Sydney, Waverly, Woollahra, Randwick and Botany. Patients are referred for assessment and management at varying stages of their illness. We visit patients in their homes and in Residential Aged Care facilities.

    Bereavement Services

    Our palliative care services go beyond a person’s death, and continues to support families and friends in their bereavement. Sacred Heart provides a Bereavement Counselling Service to those suffering loss who are residing in Eastern Sydney.

    Research in Palliative Care

    Sacred Heart is home to an active clinical research program, furthering the development of new management techniques of symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation and breathlessness.

    Rehabilitation

    Our Rehabilitation Services provide complete patient rehabilitation following an illness, injury or surgery, helping patients achieve their maximum potential.

    Our unit provides rehabilitation services 7 days a week and has a reputation for treating a diverse and complex range of patients.

    Patients are transferred from St Vincent’s for rehabilitation, treating a wide range of conditions including:

    • Stroke
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Organ transplantation
    • Chronic pain
    • HIV

    Our team of professionals include medical staff, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, pharmacy staff, pastoral carers, dietetics staff and clinical and neuro-psychology staff.

    Two rehabilitation physicians are dedicated pain management specialists who provide services to the St Vincent’s Hospital Pain Clinic.

    Mobile Rehabilitation Team (MRT)

    Our team provides rehabilitation services to patients in the acute wards of St Vincent’s where we work in collaboration with the acute care team to facilitate early intervention.

    Rehabilitation Day Hospital

    The Rehabilitation Day Hospital provides rehabilitation services to adults with complex conditions including stroke, neurological and progressive conditions, amputees, trauma, and reconditioning following transplantation, surgery and medical illness. The majority of patients come from home and are admitted for day therapy consisting of a minimum of 2 Allied Health sessions per visit. We offer clinical psychology, neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and speech pathology.

    Our Services